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Triathlon for Hunger draws 37 participants, supporting local and worldwide hunger programs.
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Published on August 19, 2014 12:38PM

One of the youngest participants, 10-year-old Seth Rushton of Baker City speeds along Highway 26 ranch land.

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One of the youngest participants, 10-year-old Seth Rushton of Baker City speeds along Highway 26 ranch land.

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Kim Jacobs of Prairie City is followed by some young fans as she makes her way to the triathlon finish line. Chasing after her are Ava Gerry, Kim’s daughter Reece, and Paige Gerry.

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Kim Jacobs of Prairie City is followed by some young fans as she makes her way to the triathlon finish line. Chasing after her are Ava Gerry, Kim’s daughter Reece, and Paige Gerry.

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Dr. Dave Hall of John Day, competing individually in the Triathlon for Hunger, takes on the swimming portion of the competition.

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Dr. Dave Hall of John Day, competing individually in the Triathlon for Hunger, takes on the swimming portion of the competition.

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Nine members of Dr. Michael and Kristen Rushton’s family participated in the Triathlon for Hunger, including the race’s youngest competitor 8-year-old Adam. The Rushton dad won the triathlon and his daughter Charity was first in the women’s division. FRONT: Charity, left, Hon, Seth and Adam. BACK: Eliza, Rebekah, Dr. Rushton, Kristen and Mary.

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Nine members of Dr. Michael and Kristen Rushton’s family participated in the Triathlon for Hunger, including the race’s youngest competitor 8-year-old Adam. The Rushton dad won the triathlon and his daughter Charity was first in the women’s division. FRONT: Charity, left, Hon, Seth and Adam. BACK: Eliza, Rebekah, Dr. Rushton, Kristen and Mary.

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Men’s division and overall winner of the Triathlon for Hunger Dr. Michael Rushton smiles after receiving a food basket from organizer Dr. Andrea Janssen at the conclusion of the race.

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Men’s division and overall winner of the Triathlon for Hunger Dr. Michael Rushton smiles after receiving a food basket from organizer Dr. Andrea Janssen at the conclusion of the race.

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Dr. Michael Rushton crosses the Triathlon for Hunger finish line in first place overall with a total time of 0:56.22.

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Dr. Michael Rushton crosses the Triathlon for Hunger finish line in first place overall with a total time of 0:56.22.

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Charity Rushton, 14 of Baker City, finishes first in the women’s division of the triathlon.

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Charity Rushton, 14 of Baker City, finishes first in the women’s division of the triathlon.

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Swimmers get ready for the go signal at the beginning of the Triathlon for Hunger.

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The race gets under way with the swimming portion of the triathlon.

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Charity Rushton speeds along Highway 26 east of John Day in the triathlon.

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Kim Jacobs glides along in the cycling portion of the triathlon.

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Dr. Michael Rushton speeds along on his Dimond bike in the Aug. 16 Triathlon for Hunger.

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Kelsi Reyes gets started in the running portion of the triathlon.

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Rebekah Rushton crossed the finish line in the Aug. 16 triathlon.

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Mary, left, Greg and Marla Armstrong competed as a team in the Triathlon for Hunger.

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Hon Rushton crosses the triathlon finish line.

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Kristen Rushton crosses the triathlon finish line as her husband Dr. Michael Rushton waits.

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Kristin Long's family and others cheer her on as she crosses the triathlon finish line.

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JOHN DAY – On a quest to be the quickest, 37 athletes rose to the challenge of the sixth annual Triathlon for Hunger.

Starting at Gleason Pool in John Day, participants swam 10 laps, biked 12.4 miles and ran 3.1 miles – all to support two hunger-relief programs, one at home and one abroad.

The youngest in the race, 8-year-old Adam Rushton of Baker City, showed his stamina, completing the race as an individual.

His dad, Dr. Michael Rushton, won the men’s division and was overall winner with a time of 0:56.22. He swam in 0:7.36; biked, 0:29.30; and ran, 0:19.16.

Adam’s sister 14-year-old Charity won the women’s division in 1:14.34. She swam in 0:07.38; biked, 0:39.30; and ran, 0:27.26.

The winning team was the Reames Team, finishing in 1:07.33. Jessica Reames swam in 09.45; Clark Reames biked in 35.31; and Dr. Andrew Janssen ran in 22.17.

Seven out of 12 Rushton family members were in the race – all competing individually.

“We do fun runs, 5Ks and triathlons – it’s our family thing that we do together,” said Rebekah Rushton, 17.

“It’s fun seeing your family members cheering on the side,” Charity said. “It makes your bike go faster.”

She said she especially enjoyed supporting the hunger programs.

Organizer Dr. Andrea Janssen competed for the first time since the race started in 2009.

“It was well worth it,” she said. “It was for a great cause.”

All entry fees go toward hunger relief.

Half of the $1,400 raised will go to the three smaller food banks in Grant County – the Methodist Food Pantry, Monument Food Pantry and Prairie City Food Bank – and the other half will be donated to the Malawi Children’s Village in Africa which provides food and school support to orphans living in the village.

Winners of the triathlon received the race’s traditional prizes – baskets filled with a variety of food.

Kelsey Long, a Grant Union High School senior, and her mom Kristin Long of Seneca competed as individuals.

It was Kelsey’s fourth time in the race, and her mom’s third.

“We like to challenge ourselves,” Kristin said. “It’s fun to get out there and see what you can do.”

Kelsey improved her overall time by 10 minutes this year and said training all summer and attending a cross country conditioning camp helped.

“We do lap swims together, so that helps a lot,” Kristin said. “It’s a lot of fun.”

“As long as you train for it,” added her mom.

Triathlon for Hunger results:

Women’s division:

Rushton, Charity, 14-19, 1:14:34

Rushton, Kristen, 30-39, 1:15:47

Rushton, Eliza, 14-19, 1:21:24

Paddock, Genevieve, 30-39, 1:22:03

Rushton, Rebekah, 14-19, 1:24:44

Saul, Laura, 20-29, 1:32:12

Rushton, Mary, 14-19, 1:34:46

Long, Kelsey, 14-19, 1:36:05

Long, Kristin, 50-59, 1:36:19

Janssen, Andrea, 40-49, 1:40:12

Men’s division:

Rushton, Mike, 40-49, 0:56:22

Stewart, Karl, 50-59, 1:06:56

Sling, David, 50-59, 1:10:00

Rushton, Mahonri , 14-19, 1:12:09

Hall, Dave, 30-39, 1:13:14

Bowers, Franklin, 14-19, 1:16:27

Rushton, Seth, 14-19, 1:16:54

Barry, Patrick, 30-39, 1:23:56

Rushton, Adam, 14-19, 1:38:35

Team division:

Reames, Clark, 40-49, 1:07:33

Armstrong, Mary, 40-49, 1:20:49

Plocharsky, Janet, 40-49, 1:21:18

Jacobs, Kim, 40-49, 1:22:03

Gerry, Samantha, 40-49, 1:27:57

Pink Pink, 40-49, 1:30:33







































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